High definition photo showing the Pont des Arts Bridge over the River Seine in Paris
If you are going on a sightseeing tour or a cruise on the River Seine, you will pass under many of the bridges in Paris, each one having its own story to tell with many of the cruise companies having onboard commentary, and this is a photo we took as we were going towards the Pont des Arts Bridge of Love and further on to the Ile de la Cite island which you can see just behind along with the Pont Neuf, which is in fact the
oldest bridge over the River Seine.
This picture shows the Pont des Arts structure with its support pillars going into the River Seine
The original light iron bridge called the Pont des Arts was designed by the engineers Louis-Alexandre de Cessart and Jacques Lacroix-Dillon back in 1804, however, with its nine iron arches, it was hard for river traffic to negotiate and it was severely damaged by barges, so, eventually, this footbridge was closed then demolished, and the Pont des Arts bridge that you can see in this photo, only has seven arches that are made of steel,
which support the wooden decking, and you will also be pleased to know that this is not a toll bridge, whereas the original was a toll bridge!
This photo was taken on the Pont des Arts looking towards part of the Louvre museum
This is a photo we took from approximately the middle of the Pont des Arts bridge over the River Seine looking towards a part of the famous Musee du Louvre, and as you can tell from this image, it is a wooden footbridge, which is also sometimes known as the Passerelle des Arts, and was named due to its location by the Palais due Louvre, or arts palace as it used to be known, and the College des Quatre-Nations, that is now known as
the Institut de France.
This photograph was taken from the Pont des Arts looking towards the Institut de France
This particular photo was taken looking the opposite way down the Pont des Arts bridge towards the Institut de France, that was once known as the College of the Four Nations, and this bridge over the River Seine was completed in 1985 to replace the original iron footbridge that was demolished in 1981 after having been closed for several years due to being deemed unsafe, yet this is now sturdier and constructed of steel for the
arches with wooden decking.
This close up HD photo shows some of the love locks that have been attached to the railings on the bridge
Over the last few years, the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge has become known as the Paris Bridge of Love where people attach padlocks, or love locks as they are known, to the railings of this bridge over the River Seine, and the idea of this is for people to declare their love for each other, just like some of the thousands of padlocks you can see in this close up photo that have been attached by people such as Aurelie and Julie,
Lai and Gus or Marco and Mel.
Picture showing the thousands of love locks attached to one of the railings on this Bridge of Love in Paris
As you can see in this photo of the Pont des Arts bridge, which goes over the River Seine from the famous Palais du Louvre Museum to the Institut de France on the opposite bank, is a wooden planked foot bridge in Paris that has become a major tourist attraction and exceedingly popular for attaching love locks to the railings, and while we were in the city, it was so full of padlocks, which then got us thinking about how the bridge
was even holding up under all the extra weight from these padlocks.
As you can see in this photo the Pont des Arts is a very popular pedestrian bridge over the River Seine
The Pont des Arts is a popular tourist attraction in Paris, especially now that it is referred to as the Bridge of Love, but also because of its location over the River Seine right by the famous Louvre Museum, which is a part of the building you can see in this HD photo, with the archway that take you into the courtyard Cour Carree that then connects to the main courtyard that has the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the
museums main entrance at the I M Pei pyramid, but this foot bridge is also a great place to relax on one of the benches that run down its centre watching the river traffic, or the couples attaching their love locks to the railings.
Photo showing the Institut de France that sits at one end of the Pont des Arts
As we have mentioned before the Pont des Arts bridge, known as the Bridge of Love in Paris, is a pedestrian bridge that was first constructed in 1804 between the Louvre Museum and the Institut de France, which is the building that you can see in this photo, was completely closed in 1970 as it had become unsafe due to the structural damage it had sustained from barges hitting it, but the new Pont des Arts bridge was not finished until
1985, fifteen years later.
Close up picture of love locks on the Pont des Arts
In this close up HD photo you can see another small selection of the thousands of padlocks that have been attached to the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge, which is where people declare their love to each other, just like the love locks you can see from Paul and Ana or Yvonne and Robert, yet if you have not already sorted out a padlock before you arrive, then you can be sure to find people selling these by the bridge with
markers pens so you can write on them.
Side view of the Pont des Arts bridge looking towards the Institut de France
This particular photo of the Pont des Arts bridge, we took from the bank of the River Seine, and although it is based on a similar design to the original iron bridge constructed in 1804 during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte I, the original had nine iron arches, whereas the bridge you can see in this image only has seven steel arches with re-enforced concrete piers travelling deep into the river bed, and being a pedestrian bridge
with a span of 11 metres, it is sometimes referred to as the Passerelle des Arts.
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Now at this point we had just walked through the Louvre arches back towards the River Seine and just up the road we could see one of the footbridges over the river, but this one looked golden in the sun so we had to have a look, and yet again this was another one of those tourist attractions we had not planned to see, but had to stop and take these high definition photos, and yes, it was the Bridge of Love, or if you prefer you could used the official name of the Pont des Arts, which we had read a lot about, as it has become famous for thousands of people visiting the bridge and declaring their love to each other by adding a padlock, or love lock, to the railings of the bridge.
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